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Cargill employees help River Keepers

Cargill volunteers are joining force with River Keepers to help promote the upcoming Red River Water Festival. Those involved, from left to right, include: Jaysen Schock, Bob Backman, Christine Laney, Nicci Williams, Kathi Doroff, Lora Hillman and Tyler Schultz. Submitted photo

As part of its commitment to environmental stewardship, Cargill employees from West Fargo have joined River Keepers to help sponsor the 13th annual Red River Water Festival. The festival is put on as a means to educate regional third and fourth graders about various water matters through "hands-on" learning activities. Cargill, through local funds and corporate grants, has donated $9,000 for the event.

Cargill volunteers will gather from Sept. 20-23, 2011 at The Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead to set up and take down the event, help with the volunteer lunch, and assist with activities. Cargill funds will be used to help pay for activity supplies, bus transportation, food for volunteers, and facility rental.

"We are excited to support River Keepers during this event," said Nicole Williams, Cargill Cares Volunteer Chair, of Cargill's West Fargo location. "It is a great opportunity for our employees to support and enrich our local community and demonstrates that every day is Earth Day at Cargill!"

This effort is part of Cargill's global commitment to support the local communities and environmental initiatives. Between Earth Day and World Environment Day, approximately 350 teams of Cargill employees from 30 countries are joining with local organizations across the globe to participate in programs that will bring positive change to the environment.

Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services. Founded in 1865, the privately held company employs 131,000 people in 66 countries. Cargill helps customers succeed through collaboration and innovation, and is committed to applying its global knowledge and experience to help meet economic, environmental and social challenges wherever it does business.